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    Oven-Roasted Chicken With Forty Garlic Cloves

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    2 hrs 20 mins

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    rainbowbrush's Note:

    Yes that's right - 40 garlic cloves, about four heads of garlic! Try to use large, plump. fresh heads. Best-ever chicken guaranteed! After two hours of slow roasting ,the chicken is fragrant and melt-in-the-mouth tender, and the roasted cloves of garlic are a sublime spread on toasted crusty bread. This aromatic provencale dish cooks the garlics to a soft puree that is sweet, nutty and socially acceptable the morning after. My family have been enjoying this for years, and they think I put a lot of work into it. But instead for two hours you can put your feet up!

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    Sealing paste


    1. 1
      WASH and clean the inside cavity of each chicken, and pat dry with absorbent paper.
    2. 2
      Rub oil over each chicken. Season each generously with salt and pepper, using your hands to rub the seasoning thoroughly over the chicken.
    3. 3
      Tuck the wing tips under the chicken, place a few lemon slices inside the cavity of each chicken, followed by sprigs of herbs.
    4. 4
      Tie the legs together with kitchen string.
    5. 5
      Place the chickens side by side in a deep casserole dish (one with a tight fitting lid).
    6. 6
      See note:
    7. 7
      Twist the central stalk of the garlic heads to loosen the cloves, rub away any loose papery skin but don't peel the cloves.
    8. 8
      Sprinkle cloves around the chickens, add remaining lemon slices and sprigs of herbs, and drizzle with extra olive oil.
    9. 9
      Note: If you do not have a tight fitting lid use sealing paste.
    10. 10
      TO MAKE SEALING PASTE blend flour with combined oil and water to form a dough-like paste. With your fingers, spread the paste around the edge of the casserole dish and gently press the lid over the paste.
    11. 11
      COOK the chicken in a moderately slow 160c oven for 2 hours. Do not remove the lid.
    12. 12
      A green salad is all you need as an accompaniment.

    Ratings & Reviews:

    • on January 13, 2007


      Made this recipe as written, except seasoned with a mixed blend of herbs for chicken rather than the salt & pepper. Used a roasting pan covered tightly with several layers of foil as I have nothing with a lid. Result was a tender juicy chicken & the garlic was delicious! Will make this again & again as it was enjoyed by all! Thanks for sharing your recipe.

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    • on June 27, 2006


      So simple and absolutely delicious! The garlic taste is actually quite mild after roasting so don't be put off by the number of cloves. I cooked a single 1.3Kg chicken so left it in the oven for 2 1/2 hours but used the same quantity of other ingredients and it came out perfectly.

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    Nutritional Facts for Oven-Roasted Chicken With Forty Garlic Cloves

    Serving Size: 1 (436 g)

    Servings Per Recipe: 4

    Amount Per Serving
    % Daily Value
    Calories 1012.0
    Calories from Fat 570
    Total Fat 63.4 g
    Saturated Fat 15.6 g
    Cholesterol 228.1 mg
    Sodium 225.4 mg
    Total Carbohydrate 46.5 g
    Dietary Fiber 3.3 g
    Sugars 0.6 g
    Protein 63.9 g

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